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Ancient Egypt

Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten and the second most famous "Queen" of Ancient Egypt in the Western imagination after Cleopatra, was the image of ideal beauty in this age. Her perfect and symmetrical facial proportions and her use of makeup, most notably black eye paint and red lip colour, set the standard of beauty in ancient Egypt, ideals of beauty perfectly depicted in the 20-inch bust discovered by German archeologist Ludwig Borchardt. However, researchers now believe that the delicately carved figure of the Queen of the Nile was changed by the royal sculptor, Thutmose, to better fit the ideals of beauty of the time and to fit the personal perception of her husband, the Pharaoh Akhenaten.

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